California woman suffers wrongful death after weight loss surgery

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For many women who live in California, there is a lot of pressure on them to feel as if they always have to look their best. This may be why some women may be susceptible to advertisements claiming to help people lose weight.

Unfortunately, however, what seems to be "too good to be true" often is. Ads posted around California for 1-800-GET-THIN have recently been connected to several deaths of people who used the services and a potentially dangerous product called a Lap-Band.

Since 2009, five people have died after receiving Lap-Band surgery and several wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against the people affiliated with the ad campaign.

In fact, a 55-year-old Ladera Ranch woman who recently had Lap-Band surgery at one of these unregulated facilities died just after she received the medical procedure. The five-foot-five-inch woman weighed 180 pounds, and she was hoping to lose 20 to 30 pounds when she responded to the advertisement to get thin.

Lap-Bands are manufactured by Allergan. The manufacturer admits that there are many risks associated with the surgery and faults the doctors for downplaying those risks.

The manufacturer has also said that this particular woman was not a good candidate for the surgery because it is intended for those who are severely overweight.

Hopefully the Medical Board of California will conduct an investigation into this woman's death in order to determine what went wrong and who is responsible for this woman's untimely death.

Source:, "Fifth Person Dies After Lap-Band Surgery At Shady Clinics," Margaret Hartmann, Sept. 25, 2011

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